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Kent County public health order requires screening at all childcare facilities

If anyone has a fever, they will not be allowed to enter or return to the childcare facility until their symptoms subside.
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KENT COUNTY, Mich. — A public health order in Kent County mandates that all childcare facilities should screen everyone who enters the facilities, including staff, children and parents. 

Kent County Health Office Dr. Adam London signed the order on Sunday as a way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

The criteria includes screening for: Symptoms of a respiratory infection, which includes a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, a severe cough and/or shortness of breath unrelated to a chronic condition. Procedures need to be developed to take the temperature of everyone who would enter a childcare facility. 

“I understand this Order may cause an inconvenience in our childcare facilities,” said London. “However, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions to protect the health and safety of our residents in order to stop the community spread of this virus.” 

If anyone has a fever, they will not be allowed to enter or return to the childcare facility unless they have been fever-free for 72 hours without the use of medications, seven days since the start of coughing or breathing difficulties and symptoms have improved. 

All non-essential visitors are also restricted from entering childcare facilities. The order is in effect immediately and will be in place until further notice. 

As of Sunday, March 22, Kent County health officials reported 22 cases of COVID-19 and one death. 

Watch more from Dr. Adam London here:

STATE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COVID-19

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:  

  • Fever  
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath  

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:  

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.     
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.    
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.    
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.    
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.  

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